Sunday, June 10, 2012

Market Day Is Finally Here!

Hello Friends! Well after 9 months of planning, dreaming, scheming, yard sailing, auctioning, flea marting, dumpster diving, bartering, buying, picking, painting, sanding, and loving...the day finally came! My very first market day and proof to my husband and son that they do not need to call
It has been raining in NW Montana for three weeks straight, but we managed to stay dry on market day. The wind was troublesome and some vendors lost some of their special treasures, those pop up tents can be a blessing or a menace depending on the weather I have learned! Despite the chilly June temps, there was a line of loyal junkers and the crowd was pretty steady most of the day.

My children's chalkboard desk was a big hit among tiny artists throughout the day!

Some of my smalls!

Pretty Desk and quilt chair done in CeCe Caldwell
 Montana Blue Chalk Paint! I got all of my Chalk Paint from Orphaned Decor and they were sweet and helpful!

More fun smalls

Pretty Aqua pine cabinet...I LOVED this cabinet and was happy to see it go to a cute little mama and her little girl! In true junker style she fit this in her little car down to the last inch!

Red Hen and I had the very best time and are very excited for our next one on July 14th! Thanks to all my family and friends who have loved and supported me through all my crazy dreams and adventures...I'm a lucky blessed girl and boy do I know it! Love you guys! Happy Junkin!

I want to give an extra special shout out to my Mama who made Red Hen and I the cutest aprons for market! Your the best! xoxo

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Farm Chicks 2012!

Hello Friends! Eeeee, I cannot begin to tell you how amazing and fun The Farm Chicks Show in Spokane Washington was! I went with Red Hen and we had the best time! This was my first time going and it really lived up to my expectations for sure! Even if you didn't buy a thing, haaahaahaaa, the eye candy there is worth enjoying. I saw so much great, unique, creative, rusty, chippy goodness! All of our goodies are packed, way packed, but I can't wait to show you what I got. Tomorrow we are going back too see what we can find, can't wait!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My New FancyPants Phone

Hello friends! So I finally broke down and got an iPhone! Coming from a Blackberry is quite a change. I am loving all the apps, especially this one where I can write my blog from my phone! One of the things I was having trouble with on my old phone was getting any decent photos and then it was very hard to load them to my blog or FB. So now my photos should improve but I fear for my spelling because I am struggling with this touch screen stuff! Ha guess its never perfect right!? This is my test run to put a post on blogger with my fancy pants phone and I threw in some pics of my CeCe Caldwell painting fun! All I can say is all the hub bub is true and this chalk paint is amazing...and worth the cost too! I use plastic knives for stir sticks in these small quart size paint cans. There's my recycle tip for the day woot! My first vintage market is only a month away so hopefully all this is going to come together soon...or else someone is going to turn me in as a hoarder! Hahaaahaaa! Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Sweet Addiction

I have a weakness for fabric and ribbon and notions. I'm going to go ahead and give the fabric addiction credit to my Mama. My sisters and I are all well aware that any inheritance that comes from her will be in the form of fabric and half done quilts.

She did teach us all how to sew, but I think we all prefer to ogle and drool over the fabric selecting and then leave the actual sewing up to my Mama. If digital photography was around when my sisters and I all went to Prom I could show you some awesome dresses she made for us...and some awesome hair do's to match! This was in the 80s and 90s so I know you know what I'm talking about when I say awesome, wink wink.

I have a special fondness for ribbon and I will tie it around just about anything. This is from my latest shopping trip and it is clear to see that my own daughter's inheritance might come in the form of fabric and ribbon as well, but that's how we roll!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I Missed You!

Hello Friends! Winter is trying to hang on here but Spring has made herself noticed! The piles of deep snow are all gone, only the biggest piles in the shadiest spots have any snow left. The grass is starting to green, which brings more birds for the worms. I have done some major Spring cleaning, including the windows. Inside and out, whoa!

 I looked at the last time I blogged and it was way back in February, for as long as Winter is in Montana, this one flew right by for me. Any local people that just read that probably growled at me for saying that, sorry. I was super lucky and got to spend six whole weeks in sunny California. Even better was that I was surrounded by family and friends and had the very best time a girl can have! It was truly so special to me and I owe a HUGE shout out to my husband who worked extra hard and sacrificed his own comfort so my son and I could do that. Thank You Husband!

We were mainly staying in Rancho Mirage, which is near Palm Springs for out of staters or countriers, and it's a lovely resort community in the desert. When I say lovely and resort, I mean it... green grass, oodles of flowers everywhere, Palm Trees, beautiful water fountains...and lots of retirees. It's warm and sunny almost everyday. Again, sorry to my local friends.

We did so many fun, touristy things and loved every minute of it! We went to the beach and had the best time ever. There were seals and the sun was out and my Montana kiddo got to play in the ocean. I was with my SisInLaw and niece and my son and it was a completely great day full of memories. I also got to spend time with All three of my sisters and my Mama, my niece, and my daughter! I will just say that Good Times were had by All!

I had so many fun adventures and laughs and I feel beyond Blessed for the gift of Time. I knew it was special while it was happening...not being at work or in the snow was the big tip off, so I was really able to be present and Grateful for quality time I got to have with so many of my closest family and best girlfriends, and new babies, and precious reunions. I was also afforded the gift of Time for ME! Lots of time to sit and think and process. Lots of Time to see and do and relax. Lots of Time to Reflect, give extra Love, and Pray. I wish this same gift of Time to each and every One of you too! Truly xoxo!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I Love the Rose Bowl Flea Mart

I finally made it to the Rose Bowl Flea Mart, with my sister and her 4 month old, Jack! Some of you might be questioning taking a 4 month old junkin but it's really quite genius, his mama carried him in some baby contraption and we loaded the stroller with treasure. Plus he's super cute to boot. I mentioned in a previous post that my dad used to take me and my three sisters to the Rose Bowl when we were kids to hunt for bargains, but I haven't been back since, so i wasn't sure what to expect. I had already been told it is pretty pricey but there are bargains to be found...I would agree with that. It took me four hours to collect my beautiful pile of junk love pictured above.

I Love this color blue so much, I'm sure that's really weird but it is truly the lovliest!

This little suitcase was one of my favorite finds. I love vintage suitcases but a lot of times when you open them they are plastic inside. I do not like plastic. When I opened this and it was lovely red, plaid fabric...eeeee! And a mirror, oh my gosh. I Love this suitcase, it will be hard to sell. Hmmm, this could be a problem for me in the future. 

I wanted to make sure i got a picture of the rusty was a bargain! Isn't it pretty?

I also got a bag full of linens, tablecloths, and pretty hand embrordered lovelies. There's too many to show  you so I'll leave you with this cheery, yellow table cloth...sigh, I want to keep this too.

 I did come across some other good deals but had to be somewhat rational considering I have to get it all home to Montana. There was a great little stained glass window and it was a super price, but it was already broken and looked too fragile, but oh man was it fantastic! It was also really fun to see all of the fun and interesting California pickers and treasure hunters, it's a colorful group! I had the greatest time ever just finding our way through the maze of rows of beautiful vintage, rusty junk, shabby shic, industrial, and artisitic repurposing. My sister is one of my very most favorite humans and pickin is one of my veru most favorite things to do, it was a happy memory maker for sure!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

 Hello Friends!
   Hope this finds everyone Happy and healthy, warm, and Loved! I have been so busy lately. I usually do a lot of hibernating in the Winter, and I've still done my share this year, but I have also been busy. It's nice, I like it. I am sure that the Very mild Winter and warm temperatures we have had probably has helped a lot! I was able to do some work for our Log Home Maintenance business, which usually ends quite abruptly by the end of October. I have also been busy buying, refinishing, and reloving some great finds for my very first ever vintage market in June! Eeeee! I'm nervous and excited already, good gravy imagine when the day actually comes! I won't lie to you, I have shared some time on Pinterest, FB, and bloggyworld as well. It's actually really nice to have access to all that fun stuff online during the Winter, TV is a last choice these days in my house. And it's even nicer to make friends from all over and gather and share crafts and junk and family and spirit! xoxo